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Goodbye, Vitamin
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Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir
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Watch Me Disappear
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Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
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Our Souls at Night
White Fur
Confessions of a Domestic Failure
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Love the Wine You're With
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Review: There, There

There, There by Time Beiser

I read There, There by Tim Beiser recently. I wanted to read this book because the premise is something I can relate to as a mom of young children. Little Rabbit constantly complains and whines about everything. Nothing can go right in his eyes. Fortunately, Rabbit’s wise friend, Bear, is there to soften his complaints with a simple, “There, There.”

Until, like most people, Bear gets annoyed with the continuous whining. Bear tries to teach Rabbit the importance of being grateful for what he does have in his life. This is also where the children’s story lost its effect for my children. Bear uses the example of earthworms crawling in the dirt to show Rabbit that at least he doesn’t have it “that bad.”

I really wanted my kids to love this book and appreciate the message, but it was not their favorite. They did not seem to appreciate the earthworm comparison and then they felt bad for that Bear was “picking on” the earthworms. The message is a good one for teaching a basic principle, but it won’t be one we rush out to buy.

* I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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